President’s Message on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
We know that in America and around the globe, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, people of faith, and others have been discriminated against and disadvantaged. The multitude of perspectives offered by our staff and our partners has always been integral to our work, but today we must be more intentional in our efforts to focus on inclusion, diversity, and equity (IDE) as core elements of our operations and culture. At Pew, our journey involves direct and candid conversations across the organization about how we can do better. And we’ve coupled those conversations with concrete action plans to make progress. We know we have more work ahead and remain committed to listening, learning, documenting disparities, and advancing together.
Some of the steps we have taken since 2018 include:
- Launched the staff-led IDE Council at the Trusts, which meets regularly with teams across the organization and prepared recommendations for organizational goals, which have been incorporated into our strategic plan.
- Broadened and deepened the Pew Research Center’s research agenda focused on race and ethnicity to explain differences in the full spectrum of the American experience, including economics, family, work, politics, technology, identity, and faith.
- Begun incorporating IDE in the Trusts’ research and policy projects.
- Provided unconscious bias and respect in the workplace training for all staff members.
- Hired a vice president to help guide and support our IDE efforts.
- Expanded benefits to support our staff, including in the U.S. 16 weeks of paid family leave and observation of Juneteenth. Additionally, we broadened our definition of domestic partners to include all partnerships.
- Worked harder to ensure that our hiring and management practices expand diversity and eliminate bias by taking steps such as counting work experience in lieu of education and using panel interviews and competency-based questions to mitigate implicit bias.
Another way we can advance IDE is by sharing information about the diversity of our teams, which is provided below. This demographic information reflects the gender, race and ethnicity, and age of our staff as of June 30, 2021.
We will continue to report on our progress in terms of how we are doing at Pew and in our broader mission to make a difference for our communities.
Susan K. Urahn
President and CEO
Data as of June 30, 2021
Our workforce demographics data is also provided on the GuideStar by Candid website. Due to reporting limitations on that site, the information provided there reflects our U.S. staff members only. To view information about staff demographics for our subsidiary, the Pew Research Center, please visit pewresearch.org